27 November 2018 - 10:00 - 12:00
Fatih Birol, Francesco Gattei, Olivier Grabette , Dharmendra Kanani, Imke Lübbeke, Maroš Šefčovič

In partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), Friends of Europe’s annual high-level conference and presentation of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, discusses the rapidly-evolving global energy landscape and its implications for Europe.

In our 2018 edition, we are welcoming key speakers and senior stakeholders to exchange insights on the outlook for European energy markets and provide first-hand key insights on the outcomes of international climate and energy discussions held in Katowice during COP24.

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After 20 years of negotiations, 195 countries signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming well below 2°C above pre-industrial level by the end of the century. The focus now moves to design and implementation, and success will depend on the support and contribution of all – including industries, member-states, regions, cities and citizens.


The world energy market is experiencing major transformations: the cost of renewables is plunging and electricity demand is set to grow at twice the pace of energy demand as a whole. Understanding Europe’s Energy Union in this dynamic interplay of energy markets, technologies and policies has never been more critical. The presentation of the 2018 edition of the International Energy Agency’s flagship World Energy Outlook, regarded as the gold standard in energy analysis, sheds light on latest data, technology trends and policy announcements while taking into account energy demand and supply projections through 2040 under different scenarios. 

Join IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol and key European leaders to hear how the outlook for global and European energy markets is set to evolve. 

  • What will tomorrow’s power sector look like? How will it incentivise investment and ensure reliable supply, and what share of our total energy needs can ultimately be met by electricity? 
  • How are traditional oil and gas-exporting countries adapting to today’s new price and policy environment, and what might be the implications for these economies if longer-term structural changes are needed?
  • How is the Energy Union helping Europe in achieving stronger climate action and energy security?

Speakers include: 

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) 
Francesco Gattei, Executive Vice-President at Eni
Olivier Grabette, Executive Vice-President at RTE
Imke Lübbeke, Head of Unit, EU Climate and Energy Policy, WWF European Policy Office
Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union

Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Insights at Friends of Europe

Fatih Birol
Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the IEA in September 2015, twenty years after first joining the agency. He previously held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene.
Francesco Gattei
Executive Vice-President at Eni
Francesco Gattei is currently Eni Executive Vice-President for Scenarios, Strategic Options and Investor Relations. He has a long history of working for the Italian company where he dealt mainly with economic valuations, business development and negotiations for large projects in central Asia. He also served as negotiations and commercial manager in Libya before to become responsible for business planning for Eni’s global operations. Following this, he became responsible for the “Centro Studi Eni”, Eni’s research centre focusing on scenarios, strategic analysis and economic assessments.
Olivier Grabette
Executive Vice-President at RTE
Olivier Grabette is Executive Vice-President of RTE and Member of the Board in charge of Economy, R&D, Expertise and IT since 2015. He graduated from ENSAE and spent the beginning of his career in the engineering department of EDF in France and abroad. He joined RTE in 2002 to manage the West Maintenance Direction. After that, he worked for the top-management of the National Center for Grid Expertise of RTE. In 2012, he created the R&D Department of RTE and has been responsible since 2014 for Economy and R&D. In April 2018, he has been elected as President of the ThinkSmartGrids association.
Dharmendra Kanani
Director of Insights at Friends of Europe
Dharmendra Kanani has been in senior leadership roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors across the UK and Europe over a period of 26 years. In 2005, he was appointed as Director of Scotland of the Big Lottery Fund. Subsequently, from 2010 to 2014, Kanani was the England Director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK. Since 2016, he has supported Friends of Europe’s strategic development across all its policy areas with a strong focus on Climate and Energy; Peace, Security and Defence as well as Digitalisation. Prior to this role, Kanani was the European Foundation Centre’s (EFC) first Fellow in July 2014. 
Imke Lübbeke
Head of Unit, EU Climate and Energy Policy, WWF European Policy Office
Imke Lübbeke has been heading the climate and energy unit of WWF European Policy Office since October 2015. Prior to that, she coordinated WWF's EU-focused work on renewable energy and bioenergy, coming to the Brussels office from WWF Germany, where she founded the German NGO Platform on sustainable bioenergy. Lübekke was Project Director of the MaxiMiseR project, an initiative which aims to ensure that national 2050 EU climate strategies are ambitious enough and that they are developed in a fully transparent way. 
Maroš Šefčovič
European Commission Vice President for Energy Union
Maros Šefčovič joined the European Commission in 2009 and is currently its Vice President responsible for coordinating the efforts to develop an EU-wide resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy. As a Slovak diplomat by profession, he served in Zimbabwe and Canada, was formerly Ambassador to Israel, Permanent Representative to the European Union and Director General in the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.





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